There's been a lot of press lately that the gluten free casein free diet doesn't help the symptoms of autism. This is not a completely accurate statement but I would heartily agree, in general, that the gluten free casein free or GFCF diet does not help everyone with autism. The press and your doctor might not fully understand why this is the case. The press and conventional medicine is again trying to debunk the fact that alternative treatments and simple diet changes do not work in the treatment of autistic children. This is completely wrong and harmful to autistic children.
I've been treating autistic children for over a decade now and I have extensive experience on the subject. I agree that the gluten free, casein free diet does not work for everyone nor does it even work for most kids. After testing hundreds of kids with autism for food sensitivities it is generally uncommon for autistic children to be BOTH intolerant to casein and gluten. Casein is the protein found in milk and dairy products like cheese, ice cream, chocolate, sour cream, butter, yogurt etc. Gluten is the protein found in a number of common grains including wheat, oats, barley and rye. In my testing and treatment of children with food intolerance in autism children may have either, both or neither intolerance to gluten and casein yet be very sensitive to other things like baker's yeast, brewer's yeast, tomatoes, almonds, grapes, apples etc. In short, just because a child is autistic does not make them automatically sensitive to gluten or casein. Blood testing can clear up this answer for you. Some children are not gluten intolerant but yet are sensitive to wheat. Some kids are intolerant to oats but wheat and milk are ok. Diets are as complex as each child is. There is no one size fits all diet. There is no such thing as an autism diet since not all autistic children are intolerant to the same things.
You cannot imagine the variety of things that an autistic child can possibly have an intolerance to in their diet. Many autistic children respond well to a change in their diet. What change that is depends on the individual child's current and past diet and their immune system. They often crave the very foods they are intolerant to and which make their symptoms worse. If any of you out there have or know of an autistic child, please get them tested using IgG and IgE blood testing for food sensitivities and food allergies. This is the first step to recovering your child and may make a world of difference in their future.
Don't believe the media that implies that diets don't work in autism, they do. However, it is not as simple as just removing the children off one or two foods and expect that their behavior will completely change. Autism is a complex syndrome and there is no one answer for any child. Generally the GFCF diet can be a start in children but if it makes no or little difference in your child's behavior, look more deeply. I've never encountered a child who fully recovered from autism by just removing them from gluten and casein. There is much more that needs to happen to get these children well. It is complex but well worth the effort.Share